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Product Review: DeWalt DW703 10" Compound Miter Saw

By Damien Andrews

I've owned my DeWalt DW703 10" Compound Miter Saw for about eight months now. For several years I've been using a Makita 12" Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw (Model: LS1214), which is a very nice saw, but more than I need for most jobs. The cost of replacing the blade on the DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw is considerably less, and having it has allowed me to add a reasonably priced miter saw stand to my tool collection. The DeWalt is also lighter and much more portable.

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The DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw shown with the blade in the unlocked position and set to cut a 45° angle. Note the beefy operator's handle with the on/off switch conveniently located inside.

DeWalt's continuously successful tool making business started in Leola, Pennsylvania way back in 1924. Their first tool offering was an electric saw that was billed as a universal wood working tool. It was named the DeWalt Wonder Worker. It's a sturdy, but bulky looking contraption that was considered cutting edge at the time. You can see a picture of this beast on DeWalt's website.

The DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw is an attractively priced compound miter saw designed for use by professionals and advanced do-it-yourselfers. It would also be an excellent choice for the up and coming do-it-yourselfer who is ready to expand his woodworking tool collection. It has all the features and power a professional requires, and the ease of use that do-it-yourselfers prefer.

When most people think of using a miter saw, they think of cutting angles. No doubt the most popular use of a miter saw is for cutting molding, which requires angles for a tight, 'invisible' fit. Miter saws are also necessary for building roofs and rafters – something few people still do – since the advent of trusses. The DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw excels at both of these applications. The 10" blade allows for cutting larger materials, and also means you won't need to change the blade as often as you would on a 7½" saw.

Other excellent uses for a quality miter saw, especially when it's mounted on a good miter saw stand, are cutting perfectly square ends and production cutting dimensional lumber. I do an extensive amount of production cutting: producing multiple pieces of wood of the exact same length. I have my DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw mounted on a Ryobi A18MS01 miter saw stand, and the combo handles all of my needs very well indeed. I've cut thousands of 2" x 4"s and hundreds of 2" x 6"s on my DeWalt – enough to have to replace the carbide blade three times – and the powerful 15 amp motor and positive locking system have yielded perfect cuts every time.

The DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw has some features I personally really like: the beefy handles for saw operation and for carrying; the easy access fence angle adjustment; the multiple positive lock stops; the adjustable fence extension; the conveniently located, generous, grip mounted on/off trigger.

While I do have two saws capable of compound miter cuts, I don't use the feature very often. When I do need to make two angled cuts simultaneously, however, it's very nice to be able to. It ensures that I won't ruin the first angle when cutting the second. Having a compound saw allows me more freedom to choose which way I want to cut my single angles, depending on my project and lumber. I can rotate the detent plate or angle the saw itself.

Here are the features of the DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw as listed on the DeWalt website:
• 15.0 Amp motor, 5,000 rpm delivers extended power and durability
• Stainless steel detent plate with 11 positive stops improve productivity and ensures cutting accuracy
• Tall sliding fence supports crown molding vertically up to 4-1/2" and easily slides out of the way for bevel cuts
• 0-50° miter ability (left and right) for greater capacity in all cutting applications
• 0-48° bevel delivers increased capacity for out-of-square corners
• Lightweight (33 lbs.), head lock-down pin and built-in carrying handle for increased portability
• Ideal for use with the DW723 miter saw stand

The DeWalt website also lists the following critical specifications for the DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw:
• Amps 15.0 Amps
• No Load Speed 5,000 rpm
• Blade Diameter 10 "
• Arbor Size 5/8"
• Vertical Capacity: Baseboard Against Fence 3-1/2"
• Vertical Capacity: Crown Molding Vertically Nested 4-1/2"
• Horizontal Capacity: Baseboard Lying Flat 6"
• Horizontal Capacity: Crown Molding Lying Flat 5-1/4"
• 45° Bevel Cut Capacity (dimensional lumber) 2x6
• 90° Cross-Cut Capacity (dimensional lumber) 4x4"
• 90° Cross-Cut Capacity (Max Width) 2x6 dimensional lumber
• 45° Miter Cut Capacity (Max Height) 2x4 dimensional lumber
• 45° Miter Cut Capacity (Max Width) 2x4 dimensional lumber
• Tool Weight 33 lbs
• Shipping Weight 37 lbs

The DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw comes with a carbide blade, dust bag and blade wrench. The blade wrench is sturdy, offset for easy use and unobtrusively attached to the saw body.

DeWalt has a large network of authorized service centers, in the unlikely event you have a problem with your DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw. DeWalt also offers a fine warranty. I own three DeWalt tools and have never had a problem with any of them, and I work all of them very hard. DeWalt is also an American company, with its home offices in Maryland.

Having used my DeWalt DW703 10" compound miter saw extensively during my relatively short period of ownership, I can highly recommend it to both professionals and advanced DIYers. It's a tool that will enhance your collection and give you many years of superior service.

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